The increasing demand from the general public who fancy a taste of lawn bowls was addressed by the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association (HKLBA) who announced this week that 126 training courses will be organised this year, of which 64 courses will be from April to September.
The courses cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and are. They are normally run once or twice a week, with eight 2-hour sessions, at the seven public greens throughout Hong Kong. Subvented by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department (LCSD), this year the course fee remains the same as the previous year, varying from HK$100 for the youth courses and HK$150 to 200 for different level courses.
“Last year we organised 120 training courses, which represented the maximum number of classes we can arrange under the government subvention,” said Warren Kwok, a vice president in charge of development at HKLBA. “This year we will organise 126 classes, a 5 per cent increase from last year.
“Based on the popularity of our sport, we should have increased the number of training courses a few years back; however, due to funding restrictions from the government, we were not able to add new courses to our schedule last year. This year we were granted the funding to increase the number of courses and hopefully this may ease some of the demands. In a longer term we will need to keep fighting for more resources from the government to take care of these demands,” said Mr Kwok.
HKLBA is not alone in promoting the sport to new comers. Other courses organised by the district offices under LCSD, private commercial bodies and local sports associations all contributed to the development of the sport in Hong Kong so far. It is estimated that more than 250 training courses were organised in Hong Kong last year, which represents a significant progress since HKLBA held their first training course for the public back in 1980.
In the six months starting from April, six “fundays” will also be organised in different public greens to further promote the sport. Open to anyone who wants to try the sport, these fundays normally last for two hours and are managed by qualified coaches. Experience shows that a lot of people sign up for training courses after the funday session.
Interested parties can visit the HKLBA website www.hklba.org for details of the available training courses.
Triples league updates
The bottom three Division 1 clubs all won their matches 6-2 last weekend and bought the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association Triples League relegation dogfight down to the wire. The league will stop for the Chinese New Year this week and resume in the following weekend.
Bottom club KBGC-A still needs seven points to escape relegation despite their victory against third-placed Kowloon Cricket Club last weekend. In the last game they will play Shatin Sport Association (SSA), the team just above them with two more points. Their goal is clear, to win the game and get past third-from-bottom club CLP, who has finished all games and only has a fragile cushion of five points ahead of SSA.
This will be interesting to watch.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.
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